Neville wants Quad Se­ries boost ahead of World Cup

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Rugby Union - By Ben Bloom

Tracey Neville has one last chance to fine tune her Eng­land team in the Quad Se­ries, be­fore at­tempt­ing to win the World Cup for the first time this sum­mer.

Eng­land take on New Zealand in Liverpool to­mor­row, and South Africa and Aus­tralia next week­end in Lon­don, in what will be their fi­nal in­ter­na­tional matches be­fore bid­ding to back up Com­mon­wealth suc­cess with World Cup glory.

“We al­ways say we’re on a jour­ney and the most im­por­tant thing for us is con­sis­tency of re­sults,” Neville, the head coach, said. “So, this is a huge op­por­tu­nity lead­ing into the World Cup to build the con­fi­dence of the team and max­imise hav­ing all the play­ers to­gether. Our aim has al­ways been the World Cup.”

New Zealand’s fail­ure to win a Com­mon­wealth medal for the first time prompted ma­jor up­heaval and the Sil­ver Ferns face Neville’s side with a new coach and muchchanged side.

“We’ve beaten New Zealand five of the last eight times,” said Neville. “But I don’t think you can ever rest on your lau­rels. They have had a big turn­around and Sun­day will be a re­ally tough game.”

Eng­land at­tacker Natalie Haythorn­th­waite said the Quad Se­ries was a chance to prove their Com­mon­wealth tri­umph over Aus­tralia was no fluke.

“We want to start beat­ing the Aussies reg­u­larly,” she said.

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